Europe has a strong tradition in the manufacturing industry that was not born digital, nor adapted to a green economy. The plan of the European Commission to develop towards a climate-neutral society, the so-called “Green Deal”, is expected to transform the EU into a resource-efficient and competitive economy. In global volatile markets, highly efficient technologies are a prerequisite to meet sustainability goals. Likewise, the industrial strategy shaping Europe’s future for resilient manufacturing reflects the necessity to deploy digital technologies to enable this change. Accelerating the twin-green and digital – transition will not only require new technologies but will rely on a reskilled workforce. Green and digital production is likely to turn into a competitive advantage in the future. Front-runners in global value chains will increasingly rely on green supply chains whose production methods can be traced and verified. Suppliers will thus have to comply with green and digital standards to be able to participate in the global economy. The WPK2024 congress, which is subject to the central theme of the Twin Transition in Manufacturing, reports on the current challenges and enabling technologies on the way toward highly efficient, resilient, and sustainable production. Best practice examples from both industries and research illustrate how smart and circular manufacturing approaches can accelerate the twin transformation. Take the opportunity to discuss with international experts about these challenges and opportunities. I cordially invite you to attend WPK2024. Together with my organizing team, I would be delighted to welcome you to our event.
Univ.Prof. Dr. Friedrich Bleicher
Head of the IFT of the TU Wien